This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUSH’S® Beans. All opinions are 100% mine.
This Award-Winning Chili Con Carne recipe is filled with beef, sausage, bacon, peppers, and plenty of spices! You won’t believe the flavor and how filling and satisfying this chili recipe is!
I have participated in a chili cooking contest at work for the past two years. Although I am very modest and hard on myself when it comes to my cooking for people, I am even worse when the competition is involved. Especially when it’s a dish I know I can cook really well. Prior to participating in this content, I wouldn’t say that chili was one of my specialties. But when you’re a runner-up one year and the declared winner the next year based on a blind vote, your head may swell a bit.
I don’t come from a family of great chili makers or even notorious chili eaters. Growing up, we hated my mother’s chili. Simply put, it just wasn’t good. My mother’s chili was just a pot of beans and ground beef. No onions, peppers, garlic, or other meat. Now, my family loves my Award-Winning Chili, and I am going to share with you what makes it so special.
How do you make Easy Chili Con Carne?
Like most chili recipes, I have chopped onions, bell and jalapeno peppers, and garlic in my recipe. However, I start by cooking some bacon and use that rendered bacon fat to cook my vegetables. Also, the hickory-smoked flavor from the bacon adds more depth of flavor.
Next, I add the veggies I mentioned above (onions, bell and jalapeno peppers, and garlic) and once that has softened, I then cook a pound of ground beef and sausage in the same pot. Here is the key, DON’T DRAIN THE FAT. I know, that just sounds good and bad, doesn’t it? All of that fat adds more flavor. But, feel free to drain the excess fat if you prefer.
- Sour Cream
- Cheddar Cheese
- Green Onions
- Tortilla Strips
- Jalapeno Slices
- Diced Onion
Or make some of my Buttery Skillet Cornbread. That’s how us mid-westerners like our chili.
BUSH’S® Beans has been a household name for years. This brand has been my go-to bean brand for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I only saw my family buy BUSH’S® Beans for all of our bean needs throughout the year. From my Aunt Valerie’s Baked Beans recipe in the spring and summer, and now, my Award-Winning Chili Con Carne recipe to keep your bellies full during the cold months in the Fall and Winter.